This past week I have spent a lot of time putting together what I call our Master schedule for the upcoming spring sports season for high school teams.The teams have already been practicing about a week and the first scheduled sporting event is set for Thursday, March 14. Now, most of the area track and field teams will be competing in indoor meets that first weekend so the weather outside for them does not matter. It will about a week later however.

For York Dukes soccer teams and the girls’ tennis team, the weather will play a role as the forecasted high for March 14th is 31 degrees. Now of course at 9 a.m. in the morning when the tennis team is schedule to play at the GICC Invite, that temp will be closer to 20 degrees or even colder.

I would say that we have somewhere around 6-8’ of snow on the ground at the present time with about 2-3 inches forecasted over the weekend and of the next 15-days, snow is in the forecast for seven of those days. So on March 14 very little of that snow will have melted, which puts in question when will soccer actually get started?

The first time the temperature is forecasted to get above the freezing mark is on Friday, March 15 with the high 34 degrees. And even on that day, more snow is in the forecast.

The next month could be a real headache for AD’s trying to reschedule track and field meets, soccer games, tennis and we haven’t even talked about golf yet.

With any snow on the ground at all, golf may not see their first outdoor competition until sometime in April.

I guess when you live in a state where the weather can go through all four seasons in one day you come to expect this.

I haven’t even mentioned York College Baseball and Softball who also have their home openers coming up in about a week with Bethany College scheduled to play baseball here on March 9.

Softball has their first home game on March 18 when they host Bellevue.

Now you can believe what you want to believe about the weather forecast, because they have been wrong before.

If what they say holds true however, the spring sports season is going to take a hit and it could be a big one!

Nebraska Basketball

I watched parts of the Nebraska-Michigan game on Thursday night and it was sad, I can’t even think of any other way to describe it.

What was projected to be the Huskers break out season has turned into a real mess and head coach Tim Miles has lost the team in the sense they have no confidence; they can’t play defense; they are getting killed on the boards and the starters can’t even put the ball in the basket.

Michigan shot almost 56 percent from the field and they were 12 of 22 on 3-point shots.

Nebraska was 34 percent and 2 of 12 on 3-pointers. Enough said.

There has to be a coaching change. The question is can we get a big name coach or someone to come in here and try to turn things around?

It is going to be a BIG job and that person will need to have thick skin because I expect it to be a rough few years for men’s basketball.

I hope that everyone stays safe in their travels and have a great weekend.

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